“This multi-location production builds off of the tremendous success of our election night live show which drew our largest video audience ever,” said Micah Gelman, director of video at The Washington Post. “We plan to do more ambitious live programming around major news events in the year ahead and will continue to invest more in producing content for new platforms.”
The day-long broadcast will be anchored by Ed O’Keefe and Elise Viebeck from The Post’s new outdoor set at its K Street headquarters. It will feature on-set interviews with top Post reporters and columnists and updates from half a dozen reporters from Post cameras located across the city and along the parade route, including Abby Phillip at the White House, Libby Casey on Capitol Hill, Lee Powell at Freedom Plaza, and Ben Terris from the National Mall. In addition, Bill Plante, retired CBS White House correspondent who has covered every inauguration since 1977, will offer expert commentary and historical analysis.
In collaboration with Hearst Magazines Digital Media, viewers will hear from top editors at ELLE.com and Cosmopolitan.com—two powerhouse media brands whose political coverage proved essential reading throughout the 2016 presidential election cycle. Featured guests from both brands will unpack the implications that the incoming administration holds for their audiences of millennial women and explore the role of fashion in the political sphere.
The Post will have two live blogs running during the day, one focused on providing updates on logistics, security, and the crowd. The second live blog will offer political analysis, historical background and context as events unfold from top Post political reporters like Dan Balz, Karen Tumulty, Robert Costa, Philip Rucker, Paul Kane, Ashley Parker, Jenna Johnson, and David Fahrenthold.
Beyond political news and analysis, the live coverage will feature a look into the night’s fashion and the inaugural events taking place throughout the weekend from Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan, Reliable Source columnists Emily Heil and Helena Andrews-Dyer, and Style writers Dan Zak and Monica Hesse.
“To cover an event of this scale well requires a true collaboration across the newsroom and our focus is on giving readers the information they need as well as the updates and reporting that they want and have come to expect from The Post,” said Cameron Barr, managing editor at The Post. “We can showcase the incredible breadth and depth of our reporting, which we will be expanding this year.”
Readers will have unlimited, free access to The Post’s Inauguration Day coverage starting at 12:01 a.m. ET January 19 through Saturday, January 21.